published Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Water level up at Lake Lanier

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    Two kayakers paddle along the shoreline of Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Ga. The lake is a major water source for metro Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Recent rains have helped to replenish the water level at Lake Lanier, a main drinking water source and recreation area for metro Atlantans.

The Times of Gainesville reported that Lake Lanier's water level is the highest it has been since early November.

Authorities say the lake had been dropping by nearly a foot and a half every two weeks.

It had dropped to 1,057.91 feet above sea level on Nov. 14, the lowest it had been since March 2009, during a drought that had started in 2007.

Lanier's water level Monday was 1,059.22 feet -- still nearly 11 feet below the winter full pool of 1,070 feet.

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